Millennials! They have being called many names, like stubborn, impatient, feeling entitled and dopamine addicts! These are the people that are now joining our workforce, and were born between the years 1981 and 2000. Millennials’ work characteristics have be shaped by a number of factors, ranging from devoted parents, the structured lives they live, the evolving technologies they use, and also being in contact with a diverse group of people. Today, the discussion on managing the Millenials at the workplace argues how difficult is to handle this group. However, in a recent video interview, Simon Sinek shared his research findings that had a powerful message: Millennials are critically misunderstood!
Understand your Millennials:
Why they are allegedly not living in the “real world”?
Are they really different?
It is important to understand ourselves and others within a workplace. After all, it was not that long ago when Gen X (born mid 1960’s to early 1980’s) entered the workforce and their elder ‘boomers’ were equally irritated and portrayed as aspirational slackers, infantile and distrustful. The following chart compares rankings of work elements and makes a good example of similar styles of thinking throughout the generations. (The colours correspond with the different thinking preference quadrants of the Whole Brain® Model.)
The rise of this most populous – not–so-popular workforce will have a major influence on the workplace for decades to come. They are the largest demographic group yet. Leaders need to learn how to attract and engage them. Leaders need to really comprehend that these millennials, due to the environment they grew up in, they come armed holding high expectations from their managers and co-workers, and they expect continuous learning opportunities with a high drive for career development. Understanding these qualities and addressing them won’t just make their managers’ life easier but will actually make the millennials more productive. Just take a glance at Forbes 30 under 30, be amazed and embrace the future!